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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Mayor Gray Defends Twitter Restrictions

DC Fire and EMS Twitter

The Gray administration's decision to restrict public access to police and fire department communications is drawing criticism from the local press corps.

Space Industry Growing In Virginia

With the end of NASA's shuttle program, Virginia is hoping to attract some of the nascent business in private sector space travel.

Protesters: ICE Deports Mothers, Students

ruth diaz protests

Activists picketed the DHS building in protest of the deportation of non-violent illegal immigrants, in direct opposition of the Obama Administration's stated policy.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 22

Lee Boroson's "Lunar Bower"

Art as high as the sky, upcycled wardrobes and Fiesta DC

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Calverton Getting Pedestrian Upgrades

pedestrian islands

Officials are boasting of new pedestrian upgrades in Montgomery County, which they hope will curb speeders and decrease crime overall.

New Study Redefines Affordable Housing

A new study shows that transportation costs should be a bigger factor in determining affordability when purchasing a new house.

Record Numbers To Go "Car Free"

capital bikeshare

A record 10,600 commuters have pledged to go without cars Thursday in honor of the 11th annual "Car Free Day."

D.C. Ranked Sixth Smoggiest City

D.C. ranked sixth smoggiest

According to a report by Environment Virginia, the D.C. area was the sixth smoggiest metropolitan area in the country, generating unsafe levels of pollution 33 days out of the year.

Concrete In Wilson Bridge Substandard

woodrow wilson bridge

Concrete used in construction projects on I-70 and the Capital Beltway was found to be inferior after an investigation into the contractor.

Bowie State Honors Slain Student

bowie state dorm

A memorial is being held Wednesday night in honor of Dominique Frazier, the Bowie State student who was fatally stabbed by her roommate.

Shooting In Armored Car Robbery Attempt

armored car robbery

A man was shot, according to D.C. police, in the attempted robbery of an armored car on the 6500 block of Georgia Avenue NW Wednesday morning.

Impacts Of Obama's Deficit Reduction

Federal workers would have to pay more into their retirement plans under President Obama's deficit reduction proposal, but some of them may prefer that to the alternative: furloughs or layoffs.

AU Prof Heads To Ga. For Visit With Troy Davis

Thousands of people are questioning tonight's pending execution of Troy Davis, the Georgia man convicted of killing a police officer in 1989. One of them, an American University professor, says she hasn't completely given up hope the execution will be stayed.

MoCo Looks To End Renewable Energy Subsidies

The Montgomery County Council is poised to end a program that provides tax breaks for residential renewable energy installations, but council members differ on whether the program has been effective.

Prince William Residents Blame Robo-signing For Rash Of Foreclosures

For sale sign in front of foreclosed house

With more than 25 percent of homes in their neighborhood foreclosed on in the past couple of years, Prince William County residents are seeking an investigation by state authorities into the practice of 'robo-signing.'

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